Prescription Drug Crimes in Fresno, CA
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While illegal street drugs such as heroin, meth, ecstasy, and cocaine often come to mind when people think of drug crimes, criminal offenses involving prescription medication have become more prevalent than ever before. From getting a hold of prescribed drugs without a doctor’s prescription to going to several different doctors in order to obtain the same prescription, crimes involving these controlled substances result in harsh consequences which can jeopardize your rights, reputation, and freedom.
If you have been arrested for a prescription drug crime, The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch is ready to help you either get your entire case thrown out or your charges/penalties reduced. With over 18 years of legal experience, our Fresno criminal defense attorney can evaluate your case, establish all of your available legal options, and guide you through the intricacies of the criminal justice system. Let us help you avoid serious penalties that can negatively affect the rest of your life.
California Prescription Drug Laws & Penalties
Possessing prescribed medication without a valid prescription is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a jail term of up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000. However, if you have a felony or sex crime conviction on your record, unlawful possession of prescription drugs is a felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of three years.
If law enforcement discovers a substantial amount of controlled substances upon your arrest, you could be charged with unlawful possession with intent to distribute or sell, which is charged as a felony, resulting in a prison sentence of up to four years and a maximum fine of $2,000. Other indications of intent to sell include scales, small baggies or containers, and large amounts of cash.
The definition of prescription drug fraud is obtaining access to prescribed medication through fraudulent and dishonest means. The most common examples of this type of prescription drug crime include altering or forging a prescription, misrepresenting personal information to acquire a prescription, impersonating a health care provider, doctor shopping, or prescribing medication without a valid reason if you’re a physician. Most forms of prescription drug fraud are felonies that result in a maximum prison sentence of three years.
Lastly, you could be charged with a DUI for being intoxicated by prescription drugs. The same penalties apply to those impaired by alcohol.
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Due to the seriousness of these drug crimes, having an experienced attorney on your side can make a significant difference. As a former prosecutor, our Fresno criminal defense lawyer has a comprehensive understanding of both sides of the courtroom and knows how the prosecution will approach your case. We can effectively counter the persecutor’s case and implement a strong defense strategy to get the most favorable results.
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